US Air Force developing enemy missile take-down stealth drone


The US Air Force special projects academy team is working on a stealth drone designed to take out enemy surface-to-air-missiles.

Expected to be around 40 feet long with a wingspan of 24 feet, the same size as a fighter jet, the drone will be powered by two General Electric J85 turbojet engines.

According to a report from Popular Mechanics, it is planned that the drone will make its maiden flight in 2019 to see if it is ready to be put into full service.

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It goes on to describe how if successful, the drone design could be bought by the Department of Defense.

Discussing the innovation behind the design, Thomas McLaughlin, director of the Academy’s Aeronautic Research Center, said: “As far as we know, this is the first large ‘stealthy’ target drone. We don’t know what goes on in less-public programs.”

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